Awareness is Key
Stigma, particularly surrounding suicide and mental health, means many people thinking of taking their own life or who have attempted suicide are not seeking help and are therefore not getting the help they need. The prevention of suicide has not been sufficiently addressed due to a lack of awareness of suicide as a major public health problem. The taboo in many societies to openly discuss suicide and mental health is still an issue. Raising community awareness and breaking down the taboo is important for America to make progress in preventing suicide.
Hope Gatekeepers' mission to end suicide and support families of suicide loss will be a source of hope to our communities.
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Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors. (AAS)
Suicide takes the lives of over 48,300 Americans every year. (CDC)
Suicide affects all ages. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, the fourth leading cause among people ages 35-44, and the fifth leading cause among people ages 45-54
The World Health Organization reports that nearly 800,000 people die worldwide each year from suicide, which is about one person every 40 seconds.
Suicide statistics reveal that women are roughly three times more likely to attempt suicide, though men are two to four times more likely to die by suicide.
Will you help Hope Gatekeepers end suicide by coming along the side of us and taking suicide awareness to the people? Most individuals will not ask for help and when they do most people don't know how to help or they feel shameful or scared. We are suicide survivors ourselves and capable of supporting our communities with resources.